In our daily struggle to assemble comprehensive and thought-provoking music coverage, we sometimes forget about those close to our hearts. And so it was that we neglected to duly note the premiere of longtime CL contributor Chad Radford's new label, Ponce de Leon Records.
"I've been a music fan for a long time," says Radford while manning the counter at A Capella Books, where he works part time. "When I was a kid, and I would buy these punk rock 7-inches, I always thought, 'Wow, it would be really cool to put one out myself.'" Another Atlanta label that specializes in 7-inches, Rob's House Records, also provided some inspiration.
"I've been saving all year to go to SXSW," says Radford, referring to the annual Austin, Texas, music conference. "But I thought I would rather do something with the money I saved for SXSW than just go and see a bunch of shows. I should put out a record. It would be more fulfilling."
On May 1, Ponce de Leon Records issued its first 7-inch single, Hubcap City's "Five More Minutes" b/w "Sally." Radford spent $800 manufacturing 300 vinyl copies and record sleeves. So far, he's sold more than 100 copies. Why Hubcap City? "I've written about Hubcap City so many times that I really didn't have anything else to say about them," he says. "Instead of writing about them until I'm blue in the face, I put out the record."
Radford has several more releases in the works, including 7-inches by Blue Hour and a split release with Psyche Origami and Zano. He calls it a hobby and a learning experience that every music writer should go through. "You get a totally different perspective on the process," he says, since he's now familiar with how much money and hard work goes into producing a record. "It's made me appreciate the [free CDs] I get a little more."
Remember when you could go to Jake's Toadhouse and reasonably expect to hear a jam band noodling into the night? Well, those days are over. Jake's Toadhouse is no more; it's been closed since the beginning of April. Visit its website, www.jakestoadhouse.net, and all you'll see is a skeleton dancing under the letters "RIP."
So what will become of the building on 2272 Lawrenceville Highway? According to new general manager David Wood, who serves as a front man for the venue's two New York-based owners, it will now be called Club 29, a sports bar and music joint. Think lots of TV, lots of rock music, and lots of beer.
"People are going to be in shock when they go there," says Wood, who estimates that the renovations cost a quarter of a million dollars and include a sound rig and a bigger stage. "They got into the renovations, and just decided to go full boat and make the place beautiful."
Club 29 is tentatively scheduled to open Fri., May 19, but that date may be pushed back if the renovations aren't finished. Nevertheless, Wood, who also plays in a local hip-hop/metal band called End Result, promises a "big, huge grand opening bash" once everything's done. While declining to give names of some of the bands he's booking for upcoming weeks, he says, "It's a lot of big national acts."
On May 4, 99X WNNX-FM (99.7) fired longtime music director Jay Harren, making him the second key staffer to leave the station in a month. He follows popular broadcaster Jimmy Baron, who's been off the air at 99X since April 3. For now, Harren continues to host his weekly "Sunday School" show from 8-10 p.m. "I do know that I will be hosting it for at least another few weeks," he writes in a May 11 post on his MySpace page, www.myspace.com/sundayschool99x. Thanks to Atlanta Music Guide for the tip.
In album release news: Laid-back country-rock band the Bluejays celebrates their debut, A Hundred Songs, with a Sat., May 20, party at Push Push Theater. National Grain opens. ... Noise musician Sailor Winters gives a performance Thurs., May 18, at Lenny's for his new Red at Morn disc. The Subliminator and Jon Dirga are also on the bill.
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